“I don’t think whites understand the degree to which Negroes do not want their whiteness. I am trying to suggest that the negro is striving to be equal to a particular image of himself that he has achieved. He is not trying to become equal to whites.”

Grace Lee Boggs to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in 1963 as cited in the film American Revolutionary  http://video.pbs.org/video/2365279681/ (via blackfeminismlives)

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gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 

According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 

People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 

Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

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Little Richard being completely serious (x)

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“I got rid of truth. Truth will get you in trouble, because truth is subjective. Ten different people, that’s 10 different truths. Ten different people, there’s only one fact.”

Stray thoughts, pt. 2

I don’t see myself as being limited by my Blackness.

Blackness is so vast, so multidimensional, ever-permutating. It’s the universe. It means everything and nothing all at once.

I’m honestly baffled by people (who are Black and who are not) who see Blackness as some obstacle to overcome. Something that must be…transcended somehow. 

Blackness is transcendent enough, no?

“Do the work. It’s a stay against paralysis, against the descent of dread. It’s less dramatic than “seize the day!” more affirming than “stop overthinking everything!” It is functional, and that’s what she’s trying to be. Do the work.”

#latergram opening reception of “REPRISE: 40 to the Fore” last Saturday at Arlington Arts Center. I have some pieces from my series “Collective Memory” on the center’s very last floor. Very honored to be showing with other artists I admire, including Holly Bass, Michael B. Platt, and Gabriela Bulisova, among others. Show runs through October 5th.

thebigblackwolfe:

elegantly-tasteless:

shesspiffytho:

Damn

KeKe out here spittin factsssss

YOOOO THAT’S NOT ALL




KEKE WENT THE FUCK OFF

thebigblackwolfe:

elegantly-tasteless:

shesspiffytho:

Damn

KeKe out here spittin factsssss

YOOOO THAT’S NOT ALL

KEKE WENT THE FUCK OFF

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“The future woman must have a life work and economic independence. She must have knowledge. She must have the right of motherhood at her own
discretion.”
— W.E.B. Du Bois, “Of The Damnation of Women.” Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil. (1920)

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brujabitch:

if a black girl talks to you on facetime/skype/snapchat after her hair is already wrapped for the night, either she really love your ass or she ont give a fuck bout you. there’s no in between. 

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